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The tastes of Italy are coming to Michigan.

If you are a gelato (or ice cream) fan, you will be excited to hear that Momento Gelato and Coffee is opening in Detroit.

After taking time to learn about gelato on his many trips to Italy, owner Tom Isaia is bringing his talents to the Midwest. The coffee shops' tagline says it all: "Born in Bologna, Refined in Detroit." Isaia knows what it takes to run a restaurant since he also owns The Blind Pig in Ann Arbor.

What is the difference between gelato and ice cream?

Gelato, according to Food Network,

"is richer and denser than American ice cream. Some people describe gelato as elastic. Ice cream is milkier and creamier than gelato."

However, Isaia makes gelato differently by using skim milk powder, cream, and whole milk to cut the fat levels.

Besides the gelato, Momento Gelato and Coffee also has a variety of desserts, food items, and drinks for you to choose from.





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Some of the several gelato flavors include:

  • Pistachio
  • Salted Caramel
  • Coffee with Chocolate Stracciatella
  • Italian Hazelnut Honey
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Madagascar Vanilla Bean
  • Chocolate Almond Amaretto
  • Michigan Strawberry
  • Michigan Blueberry

You also have the option to buy the gelato at other markets and shops. Here are a few places for you to grab a Momento gelato.

  • Arbor Farms Market in Ann Arbor
  • The Produce Station in Ann Arbor
  • Downtown Home & Garden in Ann Arbor
  • Market Fresh in Beverly Hills
  • Market Square in West Bloomfield
  • Johnny Pomodoro's Fresh Market in Farmington Hills
  • Corner Kitchen in St. Clair Shores
  • Morning Glory in Grosse Pointe
  • Mugs Coffe & Grub in White Lake Twp
  • Monarch Market Cafe in Huntington Woods

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